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Former Florida congressmen mull bipartisan gubernatorial run: report

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Former Florida Reps. Patrick Murphy (D) and David Jolly (R) are mulling a bipartisan gubernatorial run, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

The move, which would feature Murphy running for governor as a Democrat with Jolly as lieutenant governor, reportedly depends on polling that was commissioned by Murphy this week. 

The two former Florida lawmakers both suffered elections losses in 2016, with Murphy losing a Senate bid to Sen. Marco Rubio (R) and Jolly losing to former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (D) in his reelection bid in the House. 

{mosads}Jolly and Murphy have fostered a friendship over the past year, and have traveled across the U.S. on their tour “Why Gridlock Rules Washington and How We Can Solve the Crisis.”

Jolly frequently appears on cable news as a moderate Republican commentator. 

He has challenged the GOP on multiple occasions, recently arguing that Americans must flip the House to a Democratic majority if they want Congress to address gun control. 

“And so if this is the issue that defines your ideology as a voter, there are two things I would suggest tonight. First, flip the House. Flip the House,” Jolly said. “Republicans are not going to do a single thing after this shooting we saw today. But I would also offer to Democrats, work for incremental wins.”

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